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World Championships Event Finals Day 2 Live Blog


And so we arrive at the last day of worlds and the remaining five event finals. Flavia has been here on floor in the warmup period, which was my main lineup question heading into the day. I’ve seen her do a double pike and a back 1.5 front full.

We start with (brace yourself) men’s vault, where Carlos Yulo will try to come back from yesterday’s floor final with gold medal here, but he’ll face a big challenge from Artur Davtyan if Davtyan executes his vaults as well as he has been at this event.

That will be followed by beam, which is definitely one of the most unusual groups of qualifiers we’ve had for a major final in terms of just how many of the world’s best beamers either aren’t at this event or didn’t make the final. Ou Yushan has the scoring potential edge, but that final looks like a recipe for chaos.

The woman giving the judges oath at the beginning says “on behalf of all the judges and officials” and it really sounds like “on behalf of all the judges and assholes.”

Men’s vault

Souza – VT 1 – hits his Dragulescu today, but chest well down and a bound forward on landing, bounding his head right toward the table, nearly brushes it with his hair. 14.333

Souza – VT 2 – Kas 2/1 is hit well, large lunge back and additional step, good direction, some leg separation throughout. 14.500. 14.416 avg.

Tanigawa – VT 1 – handspring double front pike 1/2 does get it to his feet but another suuuuuuper deep landing, large lunge forward. Tucks it in the second salto.

Oooooh downgrade to tuck for 5.6 D score. 14.166

Tanigawa – VT 2 – Only does a Kas 1/1 second vault with a hop back after posting the 2/1. 13.833. 13.999 avg.

Yulo – VT 1 – handspring double front pike 1/2 is hit, chest down but not too large on the lunge to the side, OOB. Actual pike shape. 15.000

Yulo – VT 2 – Hits the Kas 2/1 as well, chest forward, smallish hop to the side, looks like he kept it in bounds. Just a hair under rotated Should easily go into the lead. 14.900. 14.950 avg.

Radivilov – VT 1 – lands his Dragulescu with very good control, small hop to the side. Lots of cowboy. 14.800

Radivilov – VT 2 – Tsuk double pike, large lunge back. Good hits for him. Kept his lunge foot in the area. 14.666. 14.733 avg and into second place.

Kim – VT 1 – handspraing randi is excellent, only a small hop to the side, great chest up. Should be a huge score. 14.900.

Kim – VT 2 – Attempts a Yurchenko 2.5 and stumbles back and falls. Totally blaming it on the accidental sound cue of a voiceover going “THE WAITING IS OVER” right as he started his run. 12.900. 13.900 avg.

Burtanete – VT 1 – Kas 2/1 is solid, medium lunge back, some leg crossing. 14.666

Burtanete – VT 2 – hits the Dragulescu, and bit hunched over, large lunge back, cowboy. 14.400. 14.533 avg moves ahead of Souza and into 3rd for the moment.

Davtyan – VT 1 – sticks a remarkable Dragulescu, just a little bit of leg separation and some direction, flexed feet. Very little else to take. Does land OOB for the .1. He goes 15.000 to equal Yulo’s first vault score.

Davtyan – VT 2 – handspring randi is also lovely – but does have a medium bounce back which could make the difference, but I’d give it to Davtyan. Will be close with Yulo – great twisting position, off line but in bounds.

15.100 for Davtyan. 15.050 avg and into first place.

Lee JH – VT 1 – Kas 2/1 is hit – bounce back and to the side – some leg crossing at the end. 14.466

Lee – VT 2 – Yurchenko 2.5 – several large bounds forward on landing.

Davtyan – 15.050
Yulo – 14.950
Radivilov – 14.733


Balance Beam

Boyer – switch, nice – ro layout 2 feet, small rebound – switch, pause – switch 1/2, leg-up wobble – aerail, ssmall pause before split sissone, and a large wobble on isssone landing – side aerial, hit – side somi, well controlled – doubel pike dismount, small hop. A stay on. We’ll see how many others do. 13.300 (5.5/7.8)

Black – switch mount – pause before switch 1/2 to korbut, a bit short of split – double turn, connects to full turn with arm wave – wolf jump – front tuck, small movement – bhs layout 2 feet, small leg up wobble – side somi, holds it – 2.5, stuck landing. Nice finish. Not her most secure beam of the meet but another hit. 13.566 (5.5/8.066)

Boyer inquiry rejected.

Andrade – switch mount, leg up check – switch to switch 1/2, holds it, connected to split jump – bhs loso and falls – “I TOLD YOU I’M DONNNNNE” – aerial to split ring jump, check – switch ring, small body correction – side aerial, secure – full turn – double pike dismount, short lunge forward, nearly chest-butts the beam. 12.733 (6.0/6.733)

Black inquiry rejected.

Kovacs – switch mount, hit – switch 1/2, large leg up break – side aerial to bhs is smoothly done, some knees – aerial to straddle to split jump – double turn, does put it on the beam somehow with a check and somewhat wild – side somi, holds it with arm wave – switch – doubel tuck, chest down, hop forward. Good one. 12.733 (5.1/7.633)

Watanabe – front pike mount. excellent – ro layout 2 feet, leg up check – check on low to beam choreography – switch to switch 1/2, nailed it – aerial, pause – split to straddle, yes – full turn – side aerial, solid – 2.5 dismoutn, crossed legs, step forward. WHAT IF SHE WINS. 13.600 (5.5/8.1) and into first place!

Blakely – shoulder roll mount – wolf triple, solid – back tuck full, small hop back – fhs to front tuck, small step forward again – switch to switch 1/2 to back tuck, makes connection, HER BOW IS COMING UNDONE – aerial to split jump – checks on choreo – side aerial, and falls – finishes out her routine with a hit. I blame the ribbon. 13.300 (6.2/7.1)

Ou – fhs front tuck, hits with a check – switch to switch 1/2, arm wave check, breaks combo into Korbut – switch ring, a couple huge wobbles to try to save it, eventually comes off – resumes with hit bhs to split – aerial to straddle to bhs is quite nice – side somi – 2.5 dismount, step forward. 13.000 (5.9/7.1)

Miyata – switch mount, hit – ro 2 foot layout, hit, small lean -s witch, check pause – breaks combo to wolf sissone – aerial to split to bhs, solidly connected – overturns, lean to the side correction – side aerial – side somi, small lean – double pike, step back. Good!

Watanabe – 13.600
Black – 13.566
Miyata – 13.533

CHAOOSSSSSS. WATANABE. She was the alternate on the Japanese team and wasn’t even in their team final beam lineup. This is what I was looking for.

Parallel Bars

Dauser did a little intro! Not sure what he was doing, but it was something!

Kamoto – diam – stutz, a bit under, pushes up to vertical – peach 1/2 – peach – long swing diam is nice – front straddle, hit – bhavsar, may have clipped his foot swinging through – tippelt – healy, good – double pike, bounce back. 14.900

Arican – makuts, hit, feet – siam to stutz, solid – peach 1/2 , some leg separation and lean – losing form a little on a number of elements, but makuts and healy are solid – stutz diam work this time good – double front 1/2 out, stuck. 15.066 and into first.

Yulo – peach to one, held forever – healy – makuts, clean – good healy – moy – bhavsar, smooth, good handstand – tippelt, clean – diam to double front 1/2 out, small hop. Excellent. 15.366 first place.

Calvo – front toss, small push it – makuts, hit – peach to one, holds it – healy, clean – peach 1/2 – long swing diam – tippelt, good height – bhavsar, right to the end – back tuck full off the end. Good one. Just some loose back and leg moments. 14.966 into 3rd place.

Regini-Moran – front toss – diam, a bit over – peach to peach 1/2 is solid – stutz to one, has to cast back up – front straddle, hit – bhavsar, clean – tippelt, solid – healy – doubel front 1/2 out, good stick, chest forward. 14.733

Dauser – good peach and makuts to start – diam, vertical – stutz, little elbow push up – makuts elemnets have been very smooth – hitting vertical on his diams – doubel front 1/2 out, small hop. Exceptionally clean set. Should be at least 2nd place. 15.500 and first place.

Zou – makuts wotk is good off the top – small hesitation in handstand – diam – peach 1/2 – peach – front straddle to swing is excellent – super hiugh bhavsar – tippelt – good – double front 1/2, stuck. The second half of the routine was fully free of deductions. 16.166. El oh el.

Fraser – front toss – long swing diam to 1/2 turck, good – solid control on one rail into healy – peach 1/2, solid – peach – stutz, hit – doubel front, large lunge back. Good recovery from the AA though. 14.700

Zou – 16.166
Dauser – 15.500
Yulo – 15.366

Women’s Floor

Flavia did end up withdrawing from this final at the last second and will be replaced by Miyata Shoko. Alice D’Amato is also out now, replaced by Martina Maggio. I bet they were waiting to see if Flavia withdrew so that Alice could withdraw and be replaced by Maggio.

Andrade – front full to FTDT, shuffle back – DLO 1/1, nice landing, small movement – switch full is around – doubel y is a problem again, hops out of it a couple times – DLO, bounc eback, stays in – switch to split leap full, secure – double pike, three steps backward. But she came back with a hit for the floor final. 13.733. Fair.

Visser – whip to 3/1 to front tuck, did the 3/1 land OOB before punch in bounds? Looks like she just stayed in – double L to double turn is hit – y 2.5 to illusion – switch 1/2 – 2/1, slide back – switch ring – spl;it leap full – double tuck, step back. 13.666

Andrade inquiry rejected.

Maggio – wolf double, jussst around – DLO, very good, only small slide – front loso to double pike, shortish, hop forward – split ring leap to switch ring 1/2 – FTDT, chest down, bounce back – switch ring – doubel tuck, hop back. Good one, and a strong strategic decision to put her in. 13.533. I demand a recount.

Miyata – DLO, slide back – whip whip 2.5 a bit short on landing, lunge to the side – wolf double, crazy arms but pulls it around – 1.5 to front full, somewhat low with a slide – switch to split leap full, littel hop – doubel pike, chest down, bounce back. 13.066

Chiles – 1.5 through to FTDT, bounce back – DLO 1/1, slide back – wolf double around – L hop full to split leap 1.5, around – switch side 1/2, bouncy – front loso to double tuck, larger bounce back, keeps it in bounds. 13.833 is enough for first currently.

Carey – double double layout, shuffle back – DLO 1/1, pretty secure, small hop back – l hop full, leg a bit low – switch leap full – front loso to double tuck, shuffle back, multiple distinct steps – split leap full – FTDT, bounce back. Long delay for this score.

Chiles inquiry rejected.

Carey 13.833 and behind Chiles on execution tiebreak. The door is wide open for Gadirova.

Jen Gadirova – DLO, somewhat short, hop forward – split jump full, hit – FTDT, lunge back OOB – split leap full is nice – switch leap full, around, some arms to wrench it around – front loso to double tuck, chest down, large bound forward. 13.166

Jade Carey submitted an inquiry and her score was DROPPED a tenth, so she is now tied with Andrade.

Jes Gadirova – double double tucked, step back – DLO 1/1 hop back – switch ring – split leap 1.5 – switch full is strong – popa, hit – front full through to double tuck, larger bounce back. They’ve been excited to give this routine a 50 all week, and I expect no different here. 14.200 and first place.

Jessica Gadirova – 14.200
Chiles – 13.833
Andrade – 13.733
Carey – 13.733

So Carey’s inquiry took her from bronze all alone to bronze tied with Andrade. She wanted a partner.

High Bar

Nory – tak 1/2, hit – layout tkeatchev to tktatchev to piked tkatchev, good – quast – layout jaeger full, nice – tak 1/1 is late and crooked, connect to yamawaki – FLO 2/1, shuffle back with 815 little steps. At least 2 of those steps were purely scream related. 14.466

Sun – tak 1/2 a bit late – into Kolman, caught – makes Cassina – lauyout tkatchev to tkatchev – front stalder – tak 1/1 a bit late and crooked – DLO 2/1, lunge back. 14.433, just behind Nory. This thing is going to be close.

Malone – Cassina and Kolman are strong. Layout tkatchev to tkatchev to piked tkatchev, solid – Tak 1/1, hit well – tak 1/2, solid vertical – quast – DLO 2/1, small hop back. Best so far. 14.800 and first place.

Hashimoto – tak 12, solid into liukin, hit with some form – Cassina, strong – kolman, hit – layou ttkatchev, good swing – tak 1/1, late – stalder – DLO 2/1, small slide back. 14.700 and in behind Malone. One tenth up on D but 2 tenths down on E.

Kamoto – tak 1/2 to – layout tkatchev, good – Cassina, some pike, good catch – kolman, hit – tkatchev – inbar, stalder – quast – DLO 2/1, hop forward. Good. 14.166.

Zhang – tak 1/1, a bit late – tak 1/2, excellent – layout tkatcehv – Cassina, just a tad close – kolman, good – stalder – DLO 2/1, chest down, hop forward. Should still score well, but that dismount landing will be critical. 14.400 not enough for a medal, Nory stays 3rd.

I Georgiou – tak 1/2, good – Cassina, solid, some pike – Kolman, good catch – layout tkatchev – tkatchev – DLO 2/1, hop forward. 14.300 and into 6th.

Bull – tak 1/2, good – kovacs to kolman, hit. some struggle on swing out – same with cassina, but hit – stalder – yam – DLO 1/1, hop forward. 13.766

Malone – 14.800
Hashimoto – 14.700
Nory – 14.466

And it’s over! See you soon when I come back from break for NCAA preview season.

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